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Bucknell Hosts Men's Basketball Wednesday To Close Road Trip

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Jordan Latham

Jan. 22, 2014

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Opponent Bucknell Bison
Date Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Lewisburg, Pa. | Sojka Pavilion
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The Last Meeting
Bucknell66
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December 28, 2012
Reitz Arena
Hot Start Fades As Bucknell Beats Men's Basketball
Dylon Cormier scored eight of his 13 points in the first five minutes, and Loyola University Maryland hit eight of its first 10 shots, but Bucknell University beat the Greyhounds, 66-46, on Friday night.

Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola continues its Patriot League road trip on Wednesday, January 22, at 7 p.m. when it takes on Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.
  • The Greyhounds and Bison wrapped up a four-game non-conference series last season that the teams split two games apiece.
  • In the last four games, the visiting team has won on the host's home court each time.
  • The Greyhounds have outrebounded their last three opponents, the first time this year they have accomplished that.
  • Loyola leads the Patriot League and is 18th in the nation steals per game, averaging 8.94 after logging 10 on Monday night against Boston University.


Last Time Out    

  • Loyola took a 21-12 lead with 9:06 to go in the first half after Denzel Brito knocked down a jumper, but Boston University scored the next six points as part of a 20-6 run to close the first half.
  • The host Terriers then shot 53.6-percent from the field in the second half and defeated the Greyhounds, 72-58, on Monday night.
  • Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 14 points, and Eric Laster had 13.
  • Boston University's guards, Maurice Watson Jr., D.J. Irving and John Papale combined to go 18-of-25 from the field and scored 19, 14 and 13, respectively.
  • The Greyhounds made just 12 of their last 38 shots (31.6 percent) in the game after taking the 21-12 lead.


Patriot League Network    

  • Saturday's game against Lehigh will air live on the Patriot League Network.
  • The contest, and all of Loyola's remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.


Series History Versus Bucknell    

  • Loyola and Bucknell will meet for the ninth time on the hardwood when the teams take the floor Wednesday night and for the fifth year in a row.
  • The Bison hold a 6-2 lead in the all-time series. The teams completed a four-game home-and-home series last year, and stretch in which the visiting team defeated the road team in each meeting.
  • Loyola hit eight of its first 10 shots in last year's game and led 16-8 after a Jordan Latham jumper, but the Greyhounds finished the game by making only 12-of-46 (26.1 percent) and Bucknell dealt Loyola  a 66-46 setback on December 28, 2012.
  • Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 14 points, and Anthony Winbush had nine rebounds, in the game.


Start Of A New Era    

  • Loyola's January 2 game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds' first game as a member of the Patriot League.
  • Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.
  • The Greyhounds had been members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.


The Difference    

  • The Greyhounds have won two in a row - January 11 against Lehigh and two days later versus Lafayette - after going 1-6 in their previous seven.
  • They produced two of their three best shooting performances of the season in the games, shooting an even 50 percent against the Mountain Hawks and a season-best 54.9 versus the Leopards.
  • Combined, Loyola made 54-of-103 (52.4 percent) of its shots in the wins after shooting 39.2 percent (150-of-383) in its previous seven.
  • Similarly, Loyola's opponents shot seven-percent worse (42.3 in the last two versus 49.3).


Rebounding On The Boards    

  • Loyola also outrebounded Lehigh and Lafayette by an average of 8.5 in the two victories. In the seven prior games, Loyola was being outrebounded by 7.1 a contest. The Greyhounds outrebounded a team just once (Navy by 2) during that stretch.
  • Loyola had its biggest positive rebounding margin of the season last Monday against Lafayette, grabbing 38 to the Leopards' 23.
  • The Greyhounds followed that by outrebounding Boston University, 32-30, marking the third game in a row Loyola has outrebounded its opponent, the first time this year they have done that.
  • The loss to the Terriers, however, dropped Loyola's record to 5-3 when grabbing more rebounds than its foes.


Away From The Friendly Confines    

  • Loyola lost its seventh straight road game on Monday night at Boston University after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena.
  • At 3-7 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 39.2 percent as opposed to 46.5 percent while going 4-2 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.6 percent in their own facilities, 43.3 percent in Reitz Arena.
  • Loyola does shoot slightly better from 3-point range on the road, making 33.1 percent of shots from behind the arc as compared to 28.2 at home.
  • The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of more than one per game more on the road (12.5-11.4), and they also force an additional turnover at home (15.0-13.9).
  • With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly five points less per game on the road, 67.1, to their 72.0 points per game at home.


Senior Efficiency    

  • Jordan Latham and Dylon Cormier, the Greyhounds' two senior starters, were at the front of the Greyhounds' wins against Lehigh and Lafayette.
  • The pair shot 63.3 percent from the field (31-of-49) in the games, averaging a combined 38 points.
  • Cormier scored 25 in each of the games, while Latham put together the first back-to-back double-figure scoring games of his career, finishing with a season-high 14 against the Mountain Hawks and 12 versus Lafayette.
  • They have also been the Greyhounds' top two rebounds in the wins. Latham had six boards in both games, while Cormier had 11 against Lafayette and eight versus Lehigh.


Distributing End    

  • While Jordan Latham and Dylon Cormier have put up the scoring and rebounding numbers, it was the excellent play of point guard R.J. Williams that made the offense go.
  • Williams had a career-high 10 assists on versus the Leopards, logging his first career double-double in the process with 12 points.
  • In those two games, Williams has a 3:1 assist:turnover ratio (15:5), and he is also averaging 10 points and five rebounds.
  • He matched his career-high by going to the free-throw line eight times against Lehigh, and he then quickly broke that with nine attempts versus Lafayette. His 17 free-throw attempts in the two games are also tops on the team.


Lower Volume, Higher Efficiency    

  • While Dylon Cormier scored 25 points in the games against Lafayette and Lehigh, he id so with much more efficiency that in the past several games.
  • Versus Lafayette, Cormier made 73.3 percent of his shot attempts (11-of-15). That came after a 10-fo-18 performance versus the Mountain Hawks.
  • In Loyola's four previous games - Miami, Navy, Army and American - Cormier had made just 33.8 percent of his shots (21-of-62). That included a game in which he made 10 at Army, but with 25 attempts.
  • In the seven games prior to the current two-game winning streak, Cormier was just 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range. Against Lehigh and Lafayette, however, he has attempted just one from behind the arc.
  • Cormier made 5-of-8 shots from the field against Boston University, raising his field-goal percentage to 63.4 percent (26-of-43) over the Greyhounds' last three contests.


Double Double-Doubles    

  • Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams both posted double-doubles last Monday against Lafayette, as Cormier went for 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams posted 12 points and a career-best 10 assists.
  • It was the first time since an 88-85 overtime win against Iona College on January 30, 2011, that two Loyola players completed the feat in the same game. Erik Etherly (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Justin Drummond (14 points, 10 rebounds) managed it on that day.
  • Williams' 10 assists were the most by a Greyhounds' player since Brian Rudolph dished out 10 on February 27, 2011, in the regular-season finale at Canisius College.


Seems Simple, But...    

  • Loyola's wins came in no small part to better shooting percentage, and a big key to that was converting on the shortest of shots. The Greyhounds made 72.7 percent (32-of-44) of layups, dunks and tip-ins against Lehigh and Lafayette after making just 59.6 percent (28-of-47) in their previous two games at Army and American. This led to Loyola scoring 74 points in the paint in the two victories.


Cormier To The Glass    

  • Dylon Cormier led, or tied for the team lead, for the ninth time this season with 11 rebounds against Lafayette. Six of the Greyhounds' eight wins this season have come when Cormier leads the team on the boards.
  • This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 6.3 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and fifth overall.
  • He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.4 per game, a mark that is 0.9 better than any other player in the League.
  • Cormier has 101 total rebounds this year, with a nearly 5:4 ratio (54-47) coming on the offensive end.


Sticky Fingers    

  • The Greyhounds posted 11 or more steals in each of their first three Patriot League games, and they had five versus Lehigh, six versus Lafayette and 10 at Boston University.
  • The 59 steals in its last six games have raised Loyola's Patriot League-leading average to 8.9 per game. Through games of January 20, the Greyhounds are ranked 18th nationally in steals per game.
  • Loyola has had 11 or more steals in seven games through 16 contests.
  • R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 12th nationally in steals per game (2.6), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.2) and tied for 36th.
  • Williams posted a career-high six, tied for fifth-most in school single-game history, at Army.
  • Cormier now has 176 in his career, and he is one away from tying Tracy Bergan for second all-time at Loyola in career thefts. With 104 in his career, Williams is tied for 16th on the career chart.


Cormier's Start To The Season    

  • Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 22.1 points per game through 17. Through games of Monday, January 20, Cormier was ninth in the nation in scoring.
  • Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds' first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well.
  • Overall, he has 12 20+ point games in 16 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.
  • On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).
  • No Loyola player in the school's Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds' third game of the season.
  • Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.
  • Cormier was the first player in Loyola men's basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.
  • He was also the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.


Into Seventh Place    

  • In the first half at Boston University, Dylon Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring. He is the eighth player in school history to score 1,500 or more career points and the sixth at the Division I level.
  • Cormier now has 1,589 career points through 110 career games. Next up on the career scoring list is Mike Krawczyk who scored 1,676 from 1968-72.


Cormier To The Charity Stripe    

  • Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on December 19 against Stony Brook, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.
  • His 21 free throw attempts were the second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.
  • Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.
  • He had another game that will be entered on the Loyola charts against Navy when he made 12-of-12 at the line. It was the fifth-best performance in school history (most makes without a miss).
  • Through 17 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 158 times (tied for fifth in Division I through games of January 20). His average of 9.3 free throws per game is tied for fourth nationally.
  • Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 279 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.
  • In his career, Cormier is 441-of-629 from the free-throw line. He is third in school history in both free throws attempted and made.


Last Five Focus    

  • In Loyola's eight victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 19.0-12.0 in the final five minutes of the games.
  • The Greyhounds have shot 56.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 37.1 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from behind the arc.
  • In those 40 minutes, Loyola has committed just 13 turnovers to its opponents' 25. Seventeen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.


Block Party    

  • Jordan Latham tied his career-high with four blocks against Navy, and Loyola matched its season-best with seven.
  • With a block at Boston Unviersity, Latham moved his career total to 77, pushing him into fifth place by himself in career swats.


Back In The Win Column    

  • Loyola's come-from-behind win over Navy on January 2 was its first victory since December 4 against Catholic University; it was the Greyhounds' first Division I win since defeating UMBC on November 20.
  • The Greyhounds did several things statistically differently in the win that they had not in the four losses. Loyola shot 42.9 percent from the field (38.5 in four losses), held Navy to 37.5 percent (38.5), took 32 free throws (23.5), blocked seven shots (2.5) and allowed 57 points (76.2).


Die Hard Dogs    

  • Loyola has trailed with five minutes to go in regulation in four of its eight victories this season - Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC and Navy - only to come back to win.
  • In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.
  • At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers' lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.


Overcoming Overtime    

  • Loyola is 3-0 in overtime games this season and has won its last seven games that have extended past regulation.
  • Since the 2004-2005 season, Loyola is 12-1 in overtime games.
  • This season, the Greyhounds have outscored Cornell, UMBC and Navy by an average of 12.3 to 7.3 in the extra frames.
  • Loyola's three overtime games this year match the number it played, and won, last year. Prior to 2012-13, the last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-91.


Turnover Battle    

  • Through 17 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.3 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 41st in the nation.


Telling Stat    

  • In Loyola's nine losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly eight percent worse from the floor than they are in their seven victories.
  • Loyola has made 46.1 percent (178-of-386) shots in six wins versus 37.6 percent (195-of-518) in eight losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.6 points less (77.4 versus 61.8) points.
  • As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (50.1-41.7) in the games they've won.


Lasting Impression    

  • After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first 15 games on the wing.
  • Laster has averaged 9.5 points in Loyola's first 17 contests, and he is shooting 43.9 percent (29-of-66) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent overall from the field.


Start Of The Smith Era    

  • G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men's basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.
  • The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.
  • Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith's six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola's Division I history (since 1982-1983).
  • As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school's career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).
  • Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.


Look Back At 2012-2013    

  • Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school's Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.
  • The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.
  • After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds' 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.
  • Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.
  • Five players - Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush - graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.


Preseason Patriot League Picks    

  • As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason poll, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.
  • Dylon Cormier was one of five players on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.


Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas    

  • Two Loyola players, - Denzel Brito and Eric Laster - gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.
  • Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.
  • Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.


Cormier On The Charts    

  • Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds' career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:


Scoring
7th    1,589 points
Next    Mike Krawczyk, 1,676
Field Goals Made
12th    527 field goals made
Next    Maurice Hicks, 541
3-Pointers Made
13th    94 3-Pt. Made
Next    B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
3rd    441 free throws made
Next    Mike Powell, 448
Assists
20th    201 assists
Next    Dave Wojick, 219
Steals
3rd    176 steals
Next    Tracy Bergan, 177

Into The Fold    

  • Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.
  • Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.
  • For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.


High Marks    

  • The Loyola men's basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state's nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.